This society shall be known as the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Inc., (MAOFP) an affiliate society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP).
The purpose of this society shall be the same as that of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and to:
A. Advance the standards of the family practitioners in the field of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in the State of Michigan.
B. Encourage and improve the educational opportunities for the training of family practitioners in all branches of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.
This includes, but is not limited to sponsorship of Continuing Medical Education programs.
C. Promote and maintain the highest moral and ethical standards in the practice of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in the State of Michigan.
Active membership may be extended to any duly qualified licensed Osteopathic Family Physician in the State of Michigan.
A. The Board of Directors may extend active membership to any graduate of an AOA approved College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery who is licensed to practice Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in the State of Michigan and who presents a written application on such form and containing such information and further qualifications as the Board shall prescribe.
Candidates for active membership shall present a written application to the Secretary-Treasurer to be acted upon by the Board of Directors and such application shall be signed by one member of this society.
Active members of the Association shall be encouraged to become members of the AOA, ACOFP and the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA).
B. The Board of Directors shall investigate the facts as set forth in the application and if found properly qualified and so endorsed by a
majority of the Board of Directors, the Secretary shall enroll the name of the applicant as an active member of the society and he/she shall enjoy all the rights
and privileges of full membership, provided that active membership shall be conferred by a majority vote of the members of the society at any membership meeting.
In order to maintain active membership in this organization the member shall fulfill such requirements and standards for continuing osteopathic medical education as shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Active Members are required to pay dues and assessments. Active members may vote and hold office.
Associate members shall be those duly qualified licensed Osteopathic Family Physicians not currently practicing in the State of Michigan. Associate members shall also be those whose professional activities involve specialized
cooperation with family physicians, such as qualified pathologists, radiologists, surgeons, or other medical professionals, who contribute to some phase of the special field of family practice such as teachers and research workers in scientific fields,
and who are elected to this status by the Board of Directors after consideration of an application submitted in evidence of their qualifications to make appropriate contributions to the development of knowledge related or supplemental to the field of family
practice. Dues will be the same as for active membership. Associate members shall have the same privileges as active members except they shall not vote or hold office.
The Board of Directors may confer Affiliate Membership upon any person who holds a degree in a health care profession and who, in the sole judgment of the Board, supports and contributes materially
to the mission and purposes of the Association. Affiliate Members shall pay reduced dues and shall pay an annual conference fee to attend the conference. They may not hold office, and may not be seated in the ACOFP Congress of Delegates or vote at the MAOFP General Membership Meeting.
Educational membership shall consist of students in AOA accredited pre-doctoral training programs and residents in AOA or ACGME accredited Family Medicine post-doctoral training programs or fellowships. These members shall be entitled to serve as committee members,
board members and national delegates with vote, but they may not hold office in the Association. , interns, residents and post-doctorate preceptees. These members may vote but may not hold office in the Association. They are not required to pay dues, assessments or educational seminar fees.
Non-Osteopathic Honorary Membership may be conferred on any person who has rendered outstanding service to the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians at either the state or national level. Non-Osteopathic Honorary Members shall pay no dues or assessments, and shall not have voting privileges, nor may they hold office.
Osteopathic Honorary Life Membership shall be granted by the Board of Directors to any active member of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians who has rendered outstanding service to the osteopathic field of family practice at either the state or national level. Honorary Life Members need not pay dues or assessments, shall have voting privileges, and shall hold office only if still in active practice.
Life Professional Membership shall be automatically conferred upon all Past Presidents of the Association and all Osteopathic Physicians age 70 years or older who have been Members of the Association for 35 years or more, at least 25 of which shall be as Active Members. By action of the Board of Directors any other Osteopathic Physician may be given a Life Professional Membership when in the sole judgment of the Board such physician has performed some outstanding service for the benefit and advancement of the Osteopathic profession.
Life Professional Members may vote and hold office in the Association. Such members are not required to pay regular dues, assessments or educational seminar fees.
All Active Members who are not practicing more than twenty (20) hours per week shall be eligible for Retired Membership, subject to approval by the Board of Directors. Retired Members shall not be required to pay dues or assessments. Retired Members will pay 50% of the educational seminar fee in order to receive CME credit. Retired Members may vote and hold office.
Any member of this society may tender his/her resignation to the Secretary-Treasurer to be acted upon by the Board of Directors within sixty (60) days of receipt thereof.
A. Any member whose dues remain unpaid for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of notice may be suspended or expelled at the recommendation of the Board of Directors.
B. Any member who has been suspended or expelled for reasons other than nonpayment of dues may be reinstated by the Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, upon fulfilling all conditions imposed by such suspension or revocation and making an application for reinstatement in such format as the Board shall prescribe.
C. Upon written request, the Board may reduce or waive the dues of any dues-paying member for good cause shown as determined by the Board in its sole discretion.
A certificate of membership may be issued by the Secretary-Treasurer indicating membership in this society. Such certificate shall at all times remain the property of this society and in the event of the termination of membership it shall be returned to the society.
Active Members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges that this society shall have and the right to confer as may be accorded, or provided from time to time by vote of the general membership.
The code of this society shall be that of the AOA, MOA, and ACOFP with additions as may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the members present at a general membership meeting.
A. Any conduct by a member of the Association in violation of the Code of Ethics, Constitution or Bylaws of this Association, or any illegal, immoral or unprofessional conduct by a member, shall be grounds for discipline which may include reprimand, suspension or expulsion.
B. Disciplinary action against a member shall be governed by the procedure promulgated by the Board, which procedure shall include the right to a hearing before a committee of at least three (3) Past Presidents appointed by the Board.
C. Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph B above, the membership of any member whose medical license is suspended or revoked by action of competent governmental authority shall be likewise suspended, revoked, without any proceedings by the Association.
The annual meeting of the members of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians may be held in conjunction with the summer educational seminar or at a time and place fixed by the Board of Directors. At least thirty (30) days notice of the annual meeting shall be mailed to each member by the Secretary-Treasurer.
Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, or upon written petitions filed with the Secretary-Treasurer and signed by not less than 25 active members of this society. At least fourteen (14) days notice in writing, stating the purpose and time and place of this meeting, shall be mailed to each member of this society by the Secretary-Treasurer.
All officers and directors shall be elected at the annual meeting. A slate of nominations from the Past President’s Council will be presented at that time. Other nominations for officers and directors may be accepted from the floor. Voting shall be by ballot and a majority of all votes cast shall be necessary to election. If there shall be but one nominee for a given office it shall be the duty of the Secretary-Treasurer to cast an elected ballot for that nominee.
The government of this society shall be conducted in accordance to the provisions of these Bylaws, not in conflict herewith, adopted and amended from time to time.
In the discussion and disposition of all business in the regular or special meetings of the general membership, and Board of Directors, parliamentary rules of debate shall be observed, and Roberts Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall be the guide in all deliberations except when otherwise provided for in these bylaws.
Quorum. Twenty five (25) members shall constitute a quorum in a general membership meeting. The majority of members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board of Directors.
Amendments to these articles may be made at any regular meeting, or any special meeting called for that purpose by a 2/3 vote of the members present, provided that written notice has been sent to each member at least 30 days in advance, and a copy of the proposed amendment change is attached.
Order of Business:
A. Call to order
B. Roll call
C. Minutes of previous meeting
D. Election of new members
F. Reports of Officers
G. Reports of Committees
H. Unfinished Business
I. New Business
J. Nominations of officers
K. Election of officers
L. Installation of officers
M. Closing of session
The finances of this society shall be provided by dues, special assessments and contributions.
The annual dues of this society shall be determined by the Board of Directors, due and payable upon application for membership and each fiscal year thereafter.
The fiscal year of this society shall be from January 1 through December 31.
Checks in the amount of $5,000 or above require two signatures of officers of MAOFP. Checks in the amount of $10,000 or above require approval by the Board of Directors.
Any expenditure in the amount of $500.00 or above requires approval by the Board of Directors.
Any enticements, incentives or door prizes offered to members cannot be substituted.
An annual budget shall be prepared by the Business Affairs Committee, presented and approved by the Board of Directors and presented to the membership at the annual meeting. Furthermore it will be the duty of the Business Affairs Committee to present current financial statements to the Board of Directors and to ensure the current budget is being followed.
Audit of the books of the organization shall be done each year by a recognized agency and the report presented to the Board of Directors.
The officers of this society shall be the President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and the immediate Past President.
A. President. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the society and the Board of Directors, to perform all duties pertaining to such office, to appoint officers to fill all vacancies, to appoint all committee chairpersons with the approval of the Board of Directors and to be ex-officio member of all committees.
B. President-Elect. The President-Elect shall assist and cooperate with the President and the other Board members as requested, and in the absence, death, resignation, disability or at any time at the request of the President shall perform the duties of the President.
C. Secretary-Treasurer. The Secretary-Treasurer shall conduct the correspondence of the society and keep an accurate record of the meetings of the Board of Directors and the general membership. He/She shall notify the membership of the time, place, and purpose of the meeting and shall advise the applicants of their election or rejection. He/She shall keep an accurate record of the membership, members in good standing and keep the addresses up to date and furnish same on
authorization of the Board of Directors. He/She shall collect and record all the money received by the society, disbursing the same in such banks or depositories or investments as may be approved by the Board of Directors from time to time. He/She shall disburse it on the order of the Board of Directors, general membership, or the President with the approval of the Executive Committee acting in an emergency. He/She shall be responsible for the collection of all fees and dues as provided by the bylaws.
He/She shall keep an accurate record of transactions of his office and shall make reports to the Board of Directors and general membership. At the expiration of his/her term of office he/she shall deliver all monies and records of the society to his/her successor.
D. Vacancies in office. In case an officer fails to perform the duties required of him/her as determined by the Board of Directors after a fair hearing, the Board may declare the office vacant. All vacancies in office shall be filled for the unexpired part of the term by appointment by the President with approval of the Board of Directors.
The management of this society is conferred upon the Board of Directors by the general membership. The board has full authority to act as their judgements and deliberations may determine in the interval between membership meetings.
Board of Directors
A. The Board of Directors shall consist of the following elective officers: President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, ten (10) Directors and the immediate Past President.
B. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer and immediate Past President.
C. The Board of Directors shall transact the business of the society between general membership meetings and shall present to the general membership a record of its action for their approval.
1. The Board of Directors shall have the power to expend funds for the benefit of the Association when such expenditures demand immediate attention.
2. It shall investigate all applicants for membership as provided in Article 3, Section 1 of the Bylaws.
3. It shall act on presidential appointments, call special meetings, and shall present a report of its actions to the general membership at the annual meeting.
4. The Board of Directors shall hold a meeting as soon as the new officers are elected and provide for appointments of committee chairpersons.
5. Meetings of the Board may be held at any time or place upon call of the President or any four Directors. Meetings may be held by means of electronic communication as well as in person.
6. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
D. Removal of Board Members
1. Any conduct by a member of the Board of Directors of the Association in violation of the Code of Ethics, Constitution or Bylaws of this Association, or any illegal, immoral or unprofessional conduct by a member which may compromise the integrity of the Board or the Association shall be grounds for discipline which may include reprimand, suspension or expulsion.
2. In the event that a member of the Board of Directors is charged with a felony it will be expected that the Board Member change his or her status on the board from active to inactive. Conviction of a felony by a board member will be considered reason for an expulsion from the board.
3. If a board member fails to participate in 50% of the board meetings in a term year, the board at its discretion may ask the board member to resign.
4. Removal of a Board Member shall be by a majority vote of all Board Members.
Committee chairpersons shall be members of the Board. All chairpersons and committee members shall be appointed by the President and these appointments shall be subject to approval of the board. Ad Hoc committees may be appointed by the President. The Committee chairperson shall organize and supervise the work of his/her committee and see that necessary meetings are held, programs developed and reports prepared and presented at each meeting of the Board. The standing committees of the Board of MAOFP shall be:
A. Educational – This committee shall be responsible for communications concerning family practice residents, and for the management and implementation of the annual seminar and mid-year seminar, as well as other educational seminars that are approved by the Board. This committee shall also be the liaison with MOA and ACOFP concerning educational endeavors.
B. Professional Affairs – This committee shall be responsible for up-to-date information on medical practice standards and ethics issues as raised by the general membership. It shall also function in bylaws changes & revisions. This committee shall also be responsible for awards that are presented by this Board, including
those at the annual meeting. This committee shall serve as the liaison with MOA and ACOFP concerning professional affairs.
C. Executive – This committee shall be comprised of those members of the Board of Directors as listed in article VIII – section 1-B. It shall be responsible for the long-range growth and development of the organization including member services, building sites and ancillary personnel, and public affairs and contributions.
D. Business Affairs – This committee shall be responsible for information on professional liability, marketing, organization finances, including preparation, presentation, and monitoring of the annual budget, and for preparation and distribution of a bi-annual newsletter. This committee shall serve as a liaison with MOA and ACOFP concerning journal publications.
E. Membership Committee – This Committee shall oversee the long range growth and maintenance of membership in the association. It will include all activities directly pertinent to this purpose which include membership enhancement initiatives, satisfaction monitoring and any other activities as directed by the Board of Directors. This Committee shall serve as a liaison with similar MOA and ACOFP Committees to coordinate and maximize efforts for membership.
F. Government Affairs Committee – This Committee shall be responsible for the monitoring of pending legislation and other governmental regulations, which may have an impact on our association. Members of this Committee and its chair will be drawn from members in good standing. The chairperson or his/her designee will act as liaison to the MOA Council on Government Affairs, ACOFP Legislative Committee and the AOA Council on Federal Health Programs.
G. Past President’s Council - Shall consist of all Past Presidents of the organization. The Council will be chaired by the immediate Past President or his/her designee with meetings held at the MOA convention, the annual MAOFP summer conference, the mid-winter conference and as deemed necessary by the chairperson. The purpose of the Council shall be to give advice and counsel to the Board. It shall also function in making recommendations to the Board of Directors in nominating new board members and officers and in conducting annual peer reviews of the current board. It will be involved in new board member orientation and long range planning along with the Executive Committee.
As of 1.21.05